RECORD BROKEN AS OVER 20,000 QUEENSLAND KIDS GET STARTED

10/03/2014

More children than ever are outside and getting active, with the latest round of the Newman Government’s Get Started program the most successful to date.

 

Get Started is a key election promise that provides kids who can least afford, or may otherwise benefit from joining a sport or recreation club, with vouchers of up to $150 to help with club membership and/or participation fees.

 

Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, said Get Started was a wonderful initiative with 384 vouchers issued in Pine Rivers and 429 issued in Kallangur this round.

 

“This fantastic initiative is ensuring all children have the opportunity to play organised sport without impacting on cost of living for local families,” Mr Holswich said.

 

“Local families benefit, local sporting clubs benefit and the community as a whole ultimately benefits.”

 

Member for Kallangur, Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, said that this round of the Get Started program has seen more than 28 per cent of applicants who received a voucher providing feedback that they have not previously played club sport.

 

“It’s been an overwhelming success, expected to help more than 20,000 children and young people join a sport or recreation club, and continuing the trend of our other Get in the Game programs, which have become more popular with each round,” Mr Ruthenberg said.

 

“That’s exactly what the Newman Government was striving to deliver through this election commitment – to get more children and young people active.”

 

“There was not enough focus on this by former governments, but the overwhelming popularity shows it was needed.”

 

“Even more significant, around 80 per cent of vouchers issued have gone to Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card holders, the people that need our help the most.”

 

“We have also received a huge response from clubs this round, with more than 3,300 clubs now registered for the program, including at least 70 registrations in the last month.”

 

Mr Ruthenberg reminded successful applicants to ensure their vouchers are redeemed at a Get Started registered club by 15th May 2014.

 

For more information on Get Started, visit: www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/funding/getinthegame/getstarted